Wittales (884) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Appearance was clear ruby brown with diminishing creamy off white 1/4 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are holiday spices with sweet toffee malts and estery fruits English yeasts. Taste are sweet caramel, pale and chocolate malt base with ginger, cinnimon, nutmeg, vanillia, hints of acidic fruits and slightly dryish malts. Palate was smooth creamy CO2 with medium body, spicy average length malty holiday finish. A great holiday winter warmer, try it. blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottled, amber to walnut brown color with creamy skim foam, aroma is medicinal, flavor of caramel , gingerbread and eucalyptus, Vicks Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
12oz bottle from jsquire. Pours a clear dark amber color with a small fast fading off white head. Aroma of sweet malts and spices. Taste of sweet caramel and toasted malts, cinnamon, and a hint of dark fruit. icehawk (876) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle, thanks Jeff! Pours a dark reddish brown with short lasting white head. Aroma of spice, oranges, pine needles. Malt forward. Subtle spices with some orange rind, and nice ginger in the finish. Nice subtle complexity. superspak (6232) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/24/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, honey, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, clove, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, honey, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, clove, and herbal earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, honey, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, honey, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced Christmas ale! All around good balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
MrBunn (2867) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours a medium brown with a medium head and brown sugar aromas. Flavor is brown sugar, ginger and some golden raisins. Mouthfeel is sticky. This isn’t gonna make next year’s Christmas list for me. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle. Nutty caramel malt, ginger, nutmeg cinnamon aroma. Clear deep amber with a moderate beige head. Sweet bready malt and huge spice flavor. Yup, it’s a spice bomb. Medium body, soft carbonation. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2013
This one poured a darker orange color with a beige hesad. Aroma was of light spices, ginger and cinnamon mainly, and toasted malt. Flavor was similer, spicey, toasted, some light dark fruits. Ontbeertaster (3208) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle, dark reddish brown pour, a nice spicy smell, lots of cinnimon and spice in the flavour, fairly smooth, overall quite tasty. hopdog (13267) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2013
12oz bottle. Poured an amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of mainly spices. Tastes of spices with some caramel and citrus.